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MEET OUR BOARD

KIMBERLEE MCTAGGART – NOVA SCOTIA
Chair

 

Kimberlee McTaggart is a Gemini award-winning editor who has been working in the Canadian film industry for over 25 years.  After graduating from York University with a BFA in film production, Kim produced, directed, and/or edited several award-winning documentaries in the late 80’s and early 90’s before beginning to work exclusively in post-production in 1994.

 

Kim has edited several dramatic series such as Lexx, Gullages, Made in Canada, This Hour has 22 Minutes, Call Me Fitz, Studio Black, Diggstown, Seed and Pure.  She was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for her work on both Call Me Fitz and Seed, as well as the feature film Blackbird.  She has also edited and post–supervised several non-dramatic series and specials for broadcast clients such as CBC, CTV, PBS, Nickelodeon, Life, VisionTV, Bravo, Showcase, History and Space.

 

Up for a new challenge, Kim took a break from editing for a few years to run a production company where she and her business partner produced several documentaries and two documentary series.  She also worked as a business affairs consultant for other companies during this time, and executive produced several short dramatic films. She has now back in the editor’s chair full-time.

 

Kim just stepped down from the executive board of the Director’s Guild of Canada, where she served for over 10 years.  She is also a founding member of the new Halifax Chapter of the CCE – Canadian Cinema Editors.  She is excited to now be serving as interim Chair of WIFT-AT.

BRITTANY KERR – NOVA SCOTIA       
Vice-Chair
 

Brittany Kerr is a Halifax-based producer, production accountant, and creative industries consultant. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Dalhousie University and thrives in the areas where art and commerce connect. 

 

With a background in public accounting and commercial banking, she began her career in the entertainment industry as the production accountant on Ashley McKenzie’s debut feature, Werewolf. She has since worked on projects in all stages of production, including two years as the Director of Development for Holdfast Pictures Inc.

Brittany is currently developing a number of projects, both narrative and documentary, through her production company, Brass Door Productions Inc. She continues to provide production services in both accounting and production management and is engaged as a consultant for the Link Performing Arts Centre, a project set to create an 84,000 ft² arts and entertainment hub in the heart of downtown Halifax. 

LYNN MATHESON – NOVA SCOTIA

 

Lynn is a committed, some might say obsessive, lifelong-learner. She has a Bachelor of Public Relations degree and just two years ago, earned an MBA after six years of part-time study. She has also studied in China which earned her a Certificate in International Chinese Studies and an appreciation for mattresses in dorm rooms. At the same time, she worked in public relations and government administration developing the ability to juggle multiple tasks! 

 

She is currently transitioning into the film industry after taking courses at AFCOOP and Centre for Art Tapes; notably the FILM5 program and Media Arts Scholarship. She has produced, crewed and created a number of shorts, and recently produced a 1K Wave Atlantic feature. 

KAITLYN ADAIR - NEW BRUNSWICK

 

Kaitlyn Adair is a passionate filmmaker from Bathurst, New Brunswick. She started her career in film working as an actor in film and television in Vancouver, B.C. She attended Vancouver Film School in 2011 and has been pursuing her passion in film since.

 

As a member of the NB Film Co-op, she recently took the leap to director/producer with a short film she wrote called March 2.4. She is the winner of the Jane LeBlanc Filmmaker Award and, was a finalist in the CBC Pitch Competition at the 2018 Women Making Waves conference. Kaitlyn was accepted at the Banff Centre for a film residency in July, 2018.

 

Kaitlyn is dedicated to feminist-based media and creating inclusive spaces for marginalized communities to partake in visual arts.​

EMILY BRIDGER - NEWFOUNDLAND 

Emily Bridger is a Newfoundland-based filmmaker. Emily was the recipient of the 2016 RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award, which she used for her short, Waste It, which premiered at The St. John's International Women's Film Festival and recently screened at the Nickel Independent Film Festival. 

 

Emily recently completed her first feature film with director Ruth Lawrence (another alumnae of the RBC Michelle Jackson award) and producer Jenny Howley.

 

The film, Little Orphans, was nominated by the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival for Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch program, and was the only film to be selected from the province.

AMY GRACE - NOVA SCOTIA

 

Amy Grace is a writer, producer and performer who is passionate about empowering women through collaborations and various art forms.

 

Recently Amy has written for the DIY television series 'Eyes for the Job’ season three while launching Brilliansea with co-founder Claire Fraser, a platform that spotlights and gives space for creative and innovative women.

 

In the past Amy trained and worked as an American Sign Language Interpreter for many years before training at Neptune Theatre’s Pre-Professional Training Program.  She then went on to write and star in “The Mom Show or the Most Boring Show Ever” at The Atlantic Fringe Festival. 

 

Amy, along with her husband Jeremy Lai and four year old daughter Zoë live in Bedford, Nova Scotia.

LOUISE LALONDE – PEI

In 2001, Louise graduated from the Trebas Institute in Film and Television Production. Since then, she has developed and managed several mentoring programs in screenwriting and film production for the Island Media Arts Coop and initiated and manages the annual PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp, which is now entering its seventh year as a highly successful professional development activity for emerging and mid-career screenwriters.

 

She has also written, directed, and produced several short films that have screened in regional film festivals. 

 

CAT LEBLANC NEW BRUNSWICK  

 

Cat has been Membership Services Director at the NB Film Co-op for over 20 years. She assists members with their film/video productions from development to distribution. She has done production management on many member projects through the years.

 

She coordinates the annual provincial workshop program through the Film Co-op, is involved in the Short Film Venture Program with partner New Brunswick Film, sits on the Linda Joy Media Arts Committee, and is co-lead for programming, events and, finance for the Silver Wave Film Festival.

 

Cat was awarded the CBC Pioneer Award at the Atlantic Film Festival in 2010 and was one of four women from Atlantic Canada presented with the 2011 WAVE Awards for film, TV and new media, honouring women in the industry for their accomplishments, vision, leadership and dedication.

 

Cat is also a composer, singer, musician and, filmmaker. She received an artnsb music scholarship to further develop her music, a grant from the province to produce a music album and a scholarship to be a musician in residence at the Banff Centre for three weeks in 2018. She recently received another grant from artsnb to create a new body of music.

 

She just finished her second residency at Connexion ARC and was accepted into an artist residency in Italy in 2019. Cat has performed her original music at folk festivals and special events and is being mentored by iconic music artist Dan Hill (Sometimes When We Touch). Cat is represented  by Jo Jo Sween Management.

ERICA MEUS-SAUNDERS – NOVA SCOTIA

 

Erica Meus-Saunders moved to Nova Scotia four years ago to follow a dream. She graduated from Nova Scotia Community College with a diploma in Screen Arts in May 2017. Since that time, she has taken an active part in the film community in various roles and organizations.
 

A storyteller by ‘nurture’, she has completed a few documentary pieces: “Journey of Feet” which screened at FIN 2017 & HIFF 2018. “A Chef’s Moment” (Devour! The Food Film Festival, 2017), “Mr. Horizon” (co-directed with Hesam Hanafi), which screened at Lunenburg Doc Fest 2018 & HIFF 2019.
 

An entrepreneur with a background in writing, Erica has written two books: Shiloh: City of Dreams and A Day in the Sun. She has worked in various positions: Production and Research Assistant at the National Film Board of Canada and on local productions in roles of camera trainee, camera, script- supervisor, art department, gaffer and grip. Her passion is everything film, and she is excited to add her unique experiences, build her skills, connect and assist in any capacity she can.


She currently works at Screen Nova Scotia in the position of Member Services and Operations Coordinator. Visit her website: https://www.ericameussaunders.com

KELSEY POWER - NOVA SCOTIA

 

Kelsey Power has been interested in filmmaking—particularly within the documentary genre—for some time. Kelsey is no stranger to WIFT-AT, she recently completed a 26 week work term with the organization as the Programming and Conference Coordinator.

 

She was trained to work in television and took courses related to the history and presentation of cinema throughout her undergraduate education at the University of King’s College, where she obtained a Bachelor of Journalism (Honours). She wrote about documentary filmmaking in Canada for her honours project.

 

The multimedia journalist has helped on student film productions, acted as a videographer, and worked on her own and on volunteer oriented film projects. She further increased her understanding of this industry by participating in WIFT–AT’s mentorship program, New Waves, in 2016—which is when she first attended Women Making Waves! She also acted as a camera assistant trainee on the FILM 5 production Dirty Milk, this past spring, and has since participated in another of filmmaker, Yalitsa Riden’s projects—acting as an assistant animator on the docupoem ICE, for the Lunenburg Doc Fest this September.

She is currently participating in the SYNC Music Video Program where she will be directing for the first time.

 

Aside from her formal and freelance work as a multimedia journalist, Kelsey has had experience in administration, program coordination, research, project management, communications, fundraising, public relations, and marketing within various media organizations and non-profits. The community-centred writer, dancer, and general creative is excited to bring her multidisciplinary skill set to WIFT-AT, and looks forward to making this a memorable year. She is happy to be working towards the empowerment of women in this industry!

KAREN ROBERTS - NEWFOUNDLAND

In 2011,  through Newfoundland Independent Filmmaker Co-operative’s (NIFCO) Introductory to Film and First Time Filmmakers program, Karen wrote and directed her first short film We Are Who We Are.

 

In 2012, she completed Sir Wilfred Laurier Script Writing for Film & Television. In 2013 and 2015 Karen attended Writing for the Small Screen Workshop at the PEI Screenwriters Bootcamp, where she began developing her a web series.

 

In 201,5 she produced her first documentary Life’s Short. Wear the Sparkly Earrings, which has  screened throughout Atlantic Canada.

 

Karen works full-time as an Executive Assistant where she has been able to continue working with film through producing documentary videos. This has able Karen to explore and share stories of rural Newfoundland.

NADINE D'ENTREMONT – NOVA SCOTIA

 

After graduating with an MA in English literature, Nadine d’Entremont decided she didn’t want to pursue writing as a career—only to end up with jobs developing government reports, teaching business writing, leading online writing courses, and editing technical documents. She is currently the Volunteer/External Relations Manager at FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, where she oversees festival volunteers and writes grant applications. She is also a writing instructor for Dalhousie Continuing Education. 

 

Nadine has started exploring more creative aspects of writing, specifically screenwriting, with projects developed through FIN’s Script Development Program and AFCOOP’s Film 5 program. She recently participated in the PEI Screenwriters’ Bootcamp and is working on a web series.

HOLLY STEVENS - NOVA SCOTIA

 

Holly graduated with a bachelor’s in science from Acadia University and then went on to Vancouver where she earned diplomas in acting for film and television from School Creative, and in medical laboratory science from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Over the past 10 years she has had the honour of working as an actor and crew member with various production companies in Halifax and Vancouver.

 

Her passion for visual storytelling brought her back to Nova Scotia to co-host the paranormal investigation series Haunted (2017), which is now in its third season. Most recently, she has acted in several feature films, including the role of Ryan in The Last Divide (2018) and the lead roles of Neila in Aliens with Knives (2018) and Amy in Shadow in the Mirror (2019).

 

In October 2018, she produced her first television series, Sláinte with Winter Light Productions and the support of Eastlink Community TV and the Nova Scotia Business Incentive.

 

Having been apart of the New Waves program in 2018, Holly is thrilled to join the board here at WIFT-AT and being a closer part of this amazing community of driven and supportive film industry women.

ADVISORS & EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

 

JAN MILLER  - NOVA SCOTIA                           Founding Chair

 

Jan draws from more than 25 years working in the international market place as consultant, connector, and trainer. She is director of Trans Atlantic Partners, a one-of-a-kind international training program that focuses on transatlantic feature film and drama series co-production with Europe, Canada, and the U.S.A. Jan also presents one of the top pitching and concept development workshops globally, working with key industry players to connect projects and talent. 

 

Jan designed the ‘Industry’ component of Women in View’s 5 Women in Focus program. 

 

As founding chair, Jan launched Women in Film and Television Atlantic and its annual conference Women Making Waves. She is on the national board of Women in View, which supports women in all roles in the screen industry. She is also on the board of the AFC.

ANN BERNIER - NOVA SCOTIA

 

Ann Bernier has been working in the film and television business since 1988 when she began working at Telefilm Canada’s Atlantic office.

 

For 12 years, she spent much time nurturing new upcoming filmmakers and producers, overseeing much of the television and feature film development projects and later the new media fund. Ann was instrumental in establishing a new program for emerging filmmakers.

 

One of the first projects to come out of the program was the critically-acclaimed Parsley Days by Andrea Dorfman. Ann left the public sector and joined the Atlantic Film Festival in 2000 and 2001 to produce the international co-production conference Strategic Partners (Canada and the UK in 2000 and Canada, Spain and Latin America in 2001).

 

She has been an independent producer since 1999.Ann was Director of Operations and Development at imX Communications Inc. which produced such award winning coproduction films as Margaret’s Museum staring Helena Bonham Carter, Love and Death on Long Island staring John Hurt and Jason Priestly and directed by Richard Kwietnioski, New Waterford Girl and The River King, and the documentary Damage Done: The Drug War Odyssey by Connie Littlefield.

 

She was the Executive Producer on Rohan Fernando’s feature film Snow. Ann is currently working with Donna Davies’ on her feature film documentary Fanarchists: The Fan Film Phenomenon, with John Walker on his latest feature documentary Arctic Defenders and with her partner Chris Zimmer of the animated feature, Amfibiya.

SARAH MACLEOD – NOVA SCOTIA           
Past Chair

 

Sarah has enjoyed working in many different aspects of the screen industry. Since beginning her career at the Atlantic Film Festival, she transitioned into film and television productions, other film festivals, conferences and even music awards, garnering her a broad range of experience in creative and administrative capacities.

 

Sarah has been involved with WIFT-Atlantic since 2011 and feels very strongly about the future of this organization and its importance here in Atlantic Canada.

 

In both professional and social situations (most of which cross in this industry), Sarah stands out. Personable and enthusiastic about film, women in film and women in film, television and digital media in Atlantic Canada.

 

Beginning in 2003 at the AFF, and through several film and television productions, she continues to engage her mentors and hone her skills. Sarah has coordinated many aspects of the film/entertainment nexus including award ceremonies, screenings and galas and is always on the look out for new and exciting opportunities.